CHENEY: Obama Would 'Rather Be On The Golf Course' Than The Situation Room
Full post, of which this is the headline, is here.
Perhaps either my history or my memory is wrong. Wasn't Dick Cheney one of the main proponents for toppling Saddam Hussein? Didn't he say our troops would be welcomed in Iraq as "liberators"?
[In response to "Do you think the American people are prepared for a long, costly, and bloody battle with significant American casualties?"] "Well, I don’t think it’s likely to unfold that way, Tim, because I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators. I’ve talked with a lot of Iraqis in the last several months myself, had them to the White House....The read we get on the people of Iraq is there is no question but what they want to get rid of Saddam Hussein and they will welcome as liberators the United States when we come to do that."
-Meet The Press, March, 2003
There is no way of knowing what our world would look like today if the United States had not "Shocked and Awed" (a little hubris goes a long way) and then invaded Hussein's Iraq. Reasonable people may disagree, but from here the Bush/Cheney decision to invade Iraq in 2003 looks like the worst foreign policy decision since The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964 (Yes, worse than anything Jimmy Carter did, or did not do).
Might not our world today be a better place if Mr. Cheney had spent MUCH MORE time in 2000-2008 on the golf course and a LOT LESS time in the Situation Room? Just asking.